In the Kremlin have seen reports that the candidate for the French presidency from the party “the Republicans” Francois Fillon reward arranged for a meeting of the Lebanese billionaire Fouad Makhzoumi with Russian President Vladimir Putin with CEO of Total Patrick Puyanne during the economic forum in St. Petersburg, but I think that they are “reminiscent of another fake”. This was reported by press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, reports . “What we call in English fake news”, — said Peskov.
According to him, the two meetings “had taken place” because the Russian President traditionally attends the St. Petersburg international economic forum and intends to attend the forum this year. “The purpose of his presence — communication with the largest possible number of entrepreneurs,” he said.
Peskov told that the President on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg international economic forum in 2015, took pictures and talked with a “great number” of entrepreneurs. “It does not require any mediation. It is on his feet and on the run. President’s meetings are organized by the presidential Protocol. Here eliminated the role of intermediaries”, — said Peskov.
According to him, the French company Total is also “long and effective presence in Russia” and therefore “clearly” does not need intermediaries in order to meet with the President of Russia.
Peskov pointed out that with the ex-head of Total Christophe De Margerie, who died tragically in the plane crash at the airport “Vnukovo” in October 2014, Russia “had close relations”, which were preserved after his death. To say that someone is mediating for their organization — “absurd,” Peskov said.
That Francois Fillon, using his previous experience as Prime Minister of the country, for the money, organized the meeting of the Lebanese billionaire Fouad Makhzoumi with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne, said identially Le Canard Enchaîné.
According to the publication, owned by Fillon consulting company 2 °F Conseil in the beginning of 2015, signed a contract with the Future Pipe Industries — pipeline giant under the leadership of the Lebanese billionaire Fouad Makhzoumi. According to the contract, Fillon former Prime Minister had to organize a billionaire meetings with heads of state and business.
Cash reward visit for mediation services is $50 thousand, said the weekly, and both meetings took place in St. Petersburg during the St. Petersburg international economic forum (SPIEF) in June 2015.
Currently in France there is an investigation of the actions of Fillon, on suspicion of fictitious employment of his wife Penelope. The information that she held the position of assistant to her husband during the time when he was a Deputy of the French Parliament, was first published by the popular French weekly Le Canard Enchaîné.
Fillon was Prime Minister of France under President Nicolas Sarkozy. The post of Prime Minister he held from 2007 to 2012. Currently, he takes part in the fight for the French presidency from the party “the Republicans”.